Amarla Casco Viejo

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This adults-only boutique hotel is ideally located in the heart of Panama City's historic Casco Viejo with a gourmet restaurant and rooftop jacuzzi.

Being a heritage building the guest rooms vary in size and presentation and come with either queen or king-size beds with luxurious bedding. All are air-conditioned and furnished with handmade artisan furniture, antiques, local photography and artwork, with silk kimonos and slippers for guests, as well as free Wifi and coffee from the Boquete region. The rooftop terrace commands stunning views over Casco Viejo and Panama Bay.

Enjoy a cocktail from the bar before discovering the gourmet cuisine at Kaandela Restaurant, specialising in a fusion of Latin American and Asian dishes. Choose from having your food cooked in front of you in the kitchen or served on the patio adorned with palm trees and orchids. Casco Viejo, also known as San Felipe, is Panama City's most historic district and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Staying here, you'll find the Presidential Palace, Cathedral, National Theatre and the Plaza de Francia all a short walk away.

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What our clients say

  • Panama was far more interesting than what we thought it would be, particularly the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Bio Diversity Museum.

    CY, Heathfield
  • We enjoyed all locations which were very diverse and equally memorable. 

    IB, Chesterfield
  • Most memorable experience: “Tranquillo bay was a cut above everything else.   Staying on Waidup (near Isla Tigre) was also special.”

    MH, Chiswick
  • Each part of my trip had a special moment. I loved both the new and old parts of Panama city, but my highlight there was seeing sloths while walking up…

    TF, Wakefield
  • "Most memorable was watching mother and baby two-toed sloths from bedroom window at Canopy Tower. Early morning on the roof of Canopy Tower listening to howler monkeys as the sun…

    NW, Kidlington
  • We didn't realise the partial canal transit would be in such a big boat with loads of other tourists - not a problem, but would have been good for this…

    NF, Tunbridge Wells
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Our Expert's Opinion

Amarla is a hidden treasure in old Panama City. We recommend the larger Duplex Suites which have a balcony and spiral staircases to their mezzanine floor.

Hannah Waterhouse Travel Expert Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.


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    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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